History of Khadi + India

The roots of Khadi, a handspun, hand-woven cloth of natural fiber, are woven deep into India’s history.

In 1918, Mahatma Gandhi elevated the simple cloth to the ‘fabric of Indian Independence’ and symbol of Swadeshi, a national freedom movement grounded in self-reliance. At a time when industrialization was taking root in India and local markets were flooded with cheap imported fabrics, Gandhi was spinning fiber, weaving Khadi and making his own clothes.

More than symbolic, Gandhi’s revitalization of the Khadi industry reinvigorated national pride in India’s rich cultural heritage. Khadi, a simple, ancient and versatile cloth became the catalyst for socio-economic justice in response to repressive British colonial rule.

While the Khadi sector still remains in India, the ubiquity of cheap, industrial power-loomed textiles remains a constant threat.

Rove + Weft’s Khadi collection not only showcases a beautiful traditional textile, but also reflects our personal commitment to crafting a simpler life where quality time, process and real connection is deeply valued. We traveled to Bengal where we found master weavers who still spin all fibers in the same village where the cloth is hand-woven. Naturally dyed in solid colors, we seek to showcase traditional Khadi at its finest for the delight of makers everywhere.

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